3 Ways the Environment Is Messing with Your Fertility
May 27, 2015•9 min
Recent data suggests that the fastest growing part of the population dealing with infertility includes women under the age of 25.Over one in eight couples of childbearing age are infertile. Many couples who struggle with infertility are in the position because they waited longer to have children. But, recent data suggests that the fastest growing part of the population dealing with infertility includes women under the age of 25.Why is that?Many doctors believe one of the main culprits is the high number of toxic substances found in everyday living. Toxins are not only in household products, but also in your food and in the air you breathe.Researchers have conducted numerous tests, revealing that many of these toxins act as endocrine disruptors. Known endocrine disruptors like BPA, phthalates, DDT, dioxins, PCBs, and phytoestrogens are found in most locations throughout our everyday world; from the home to the workplace.What is astounding is that this is not just happening in the U.S., but is becoming a worldwide phenomenon.Here's what these endocrine receptors do: Mimicry: They trick the body into believing they are hormones such as estrogens, androgens, testosterone and thyroid hormones, potentially resulting in over-stimulation. Blockage: They enter a receptor on a cell and thereby block real hormones from binding with cells. The body fails to respond properly because it's receiving bad information. Interference: They interfere with the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled; for example, by altering metabolism in the liver. What else do you need to know about these three ways the environment is messing with your fertility, and, what can you do about it?Board certified in internal medicine, Stewart Lonky, MD, joins Dr. Holly to share the three ways the environment is messing with your fertility and what steps you can take to protect yourself from becoming infertile.